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IndianSociety&SocialWorkIntervention
(3semestercredits)

COURSEDESCRIPTION
Acoursedesignedforsocialwork,communitydevelopment,missions,sociology,andother socialsciencemajorsexploringthekeysocialproblemsandchallenges(pastandpresent)in IndiansocietyaswellasthebasiccontextswhichmakeIndiansocietyunique.Withinthis contextstudentswillexplorethepracticeofthesocialworkprofessioninIndiaandthemeans bywhichthesocialworkprofessionseekstoovercomeIndiassocialchallenges.Studentswill supplementtheirclassroomlearningwithfieldexperiencesatlocalnonprofits.

STUDENTLEARNINGGOALS
ToexaminethesocialissuesincontemporaryIndiansocietyanddevelopempathyforthesocial challengesfoundinIndia. 1. Understandthewaysinwhichthesocialworkprofessionaddressesthesesocial problems. 2. Gaingreaterawarenessofchallengestoeffectivepracticesuchasreligion,poverty,and discrimination.

INSTRUCTIONALMETHODS
1. LectureandClassDiscussion:Studentsareencouragedtoparticipateindiscussionsof issuesarisingfromthelectures. 2. ServicePlacements:StudentswillbeplacedwithlocalNGOsorotherorganizationsfora weeklyinternship/serviceplacementinordertogainhandsonexperienceina particularsocialworkfield. 3. WeekendTrips:Weekendtripswillincorporatefieldobservationvisitstoavarietyof differentNGOsinthecitiesvisited.

COURSEOUTLINE
UNITI:UNIQUECHARACTERISTICSOFINDIANSOCIETY
A. B. C. D. E.

DemographiccharacteristicsofIndiansociety:urban,rural,tribal. EthnicandculturaldiversityofIndia. FamilyandKinshipstructures. Religiousdiversityinaseculardemocracy. SocialStratification

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UNITII:SOCIALISSUES
A. HistoryofpovertyinIndiaeconomiclegacyofcolonialism. B. MajorpovertyrelatedissuesinIndia: 1. Illiteracyandlackofeducation. 2. Malnourishmentandhunger. 3. Infantmortality. C. Socialworkmethodsofaddressingpovertyissues.

UNITIII:CASTEANDGENDER
A. CastediscriminationinIndia: 1. Definitionandhistoryofthecastesystem. 2. Contemporarymanifestationsofcastediscrimination(untouchability). 3. Socialworkmethodsofaddressingcastediscrimination. B. GenderissuesinIndia: 1. HistoryofwomensissuesinIndia. 2. Majorgenderissues:dowry,femaleinfanticide. 3. Socialworkmethodsofaddressinggenderdiscrimination.Campaignsofpast

socialreformersandcontemporarysocialworkers. UNITIV:SOCIALWORKINTERVENTION
A. HistoryofSocialWorkinIndia. B. PhilosophyofSocialWork C. Model&Approaches: 1. ReliefModel. 2. WelfareModel. 3. ClinicalModel. 4. GandhianApproach. 5. RightBasedApproach.

UNITV:APPLICATIONOFSOCIALWORKINVARIOUSFIELDS
A. B. C. D. E. F.

Family&ChildWelfare SchoolSocialWork CorrectionalSocialWork Medical&PsychiatricSocialWork CommunityDevelopment(Rural&Urban) EmergingAreasofSocialWork:DisasterManagement,HIV/AIDS,andGerontology.

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ASSIGNMENTS
OralPresentationandPresentationPaper: Atthebeginningofthesemesterstudentswillformfivegroupstopresentanoral presentationand3pagepaperattheconclusionofeachunit.Forexample,group1will presentonthecontentgiveninunit1,group2willpresentonthecontentgiveninunit 2,etcEachgroupmaychoosewhichunittopresenton,however,oncethegroups havemadetheirdecisiontheymustabidebyit.Presentationswillbescheduledinsuch amannerastogivestudentsareasonableamountoftimetoreflectonthecontentand preparetheirresponseaftertheunitscontenthasbeendelivered.Studentswillbe informedofthepresentationdatenolessthanoneweekinadvance.Presentations shouldbearesponsetoissuesarisingfromthereadingsandbasedonthetopicofthe unit.Morespecificpromptsmaybeprovidedbytheprofessororguestlecturer presentingtheunitinquestion.Thepresentationshouldfocusonstimulatingfurther discussionoftheissueandshouldincorporateatimeofdiscussionwiththeclassasa whole.Theclassdiscussionthatfollowsthepresentationshouldprovideopportunityto supplementandraisesalientissuesotherwisenotbroughtoutbythepresenters. Presenterswillbegiventhreeadditionaldaysafterthedateofthepresentationtoedit theirwrittenassignmentbasedontheissuesbroughtupinthediscussiontime.

FieldObservationPaper: StudentsparticipatingintheSocialWorkclasswillbeexpectedtoengageinobservation attheirregularinternship/serviceplacementsite.Onthebasisoftheseobservations studentswillwritea56pagepaperexplainingthemission,history,andactivitiesofthe organizationwithwhichtheyhavebeenplacedaswellascriticallyanalyzingthe organizationseffectivenessinmeetingitssocialgoalsandproposingpossible alternativemethodsthroughwhichtheorganizationmightbettermeetthosegoals. Thisassignmentwillbeinadditiontoallotheracademicassignmentsrequiredforthe internshipandwillbedueattheendofthesemester. FinalPaper: Studentswillwritea10pagepaperexaminingoneofthemajorsocialissuesinIndia broughtupinUnitsIIIIandproposingwhatsocialworkmethodologymightbemost effectivelyusedtoaddressthissocialproblemintheIndiancontext.Studentsshould supporttheirthesiswithrelevantexamplesandoutsideresearch.Further,students shouldcompareandcontrasttheirchosensocialissuewithsimilarsocialissuesinthe UnitedStatesandreflectontheapplicabilityofWesternsocialworkmodelsandsocial understandingstotheIndiancontext.Thepapershouldintegrateissuesofculture, religionandprofessionalpractice.ThispaperwillbedueonMarch27th. Participation:SeeISPSpring2012coursepolicieshandout.

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EVALUATION
OralPresentation:15% PresentationPaper:15% FieldObservationPaper:20% FinalPaper:40% Participation:10%

ReadingSchedule
UnitI: Jayapal:IntroductionandChapter1; Seabrook:Introduction; Rao:Chapters15,20,2526,and30 Nath:Chapter1 UnitII: Jayapal:Chapters2,47; Seabrook:Chapters1,47 RawatPublications:Chapters2,10 Singh,ProblemsofSociology:Chapter47 Singh,UrbanSociology:Chapter19 UnitIII: Jayapal:Chapters3,8,15; Seabrook:Chapters3,8 RawatPublications:Chapter9

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UnitsIVandV: Jayapal:Chapters14and17; Seabrook:Chapter1014 Chaudry:Chapters1,4 Mishra:Chapters5,6 DeviandPrakash:Chaptes911

MainTexts
Chaudry,Paul(1995)IntroductiontoSocialWork,AtmaRam&Sons Devi,RameshwariandPrakash,Ravi,SocialWorkPractice,MangalDeepPublications Jayapal,Pramila(2000)PilgrimagetoIndia:AWomanRevisitsHerHomeland,SealPR Mishra,P.D.,MethodsandPhilosophyofSocialWork Nath,KedarandNath,RamVitalStatisticsandPopulationProblems Rao,Shankar(2001)Sociology,S.ChandandCompany RawatPublicationsSocialProblemsinIndia(Vol.I) Seabrook,Jeremy(1995),NotesFromAnotherIndia,PlutoPress, Singh,K.(1986)ProblemsofSociology,PrakashanKendra Singh,K.UrbanSociology,PrakashanKendra References Gore,M.S.SocialWorkAndSocialWorkEducation,AsiaPublishingHouse. Wadia,AR.HistoryAndPhilosophyOfSocialWorkInIndia,AlliedPublishingHouse. Prabhu,Radharinath.HinduSocialOrganization.Bombay:PopularPrakashan. Rao,M.S.A.UrbanSociologyonIndia.NewDelhi:OrientLongman. Srinivas,M.N.SocialChangeinIndia.NewDelhi:OrientLongman. HamiltonGordon(1954).TheoryandPracticeofSocialCaseWork.NewYork:Colombia UniversityPress. Konopka,G.(1963).SocialGroupWork:AHelpingProcess.PrenticeHall.